Proper English tea experience at Chattaway in St. Pete

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — Critical business, this afternoon tea.

“Setting up is the most vital portion of the recreation,” reported Chattaway Tea Room matriarch Jillian Frers. There are saucers, cups, little. “It’s about a lovely ladies get jointly in which we communicate our tiny insider secrets that we never discuss.”

Frers’ tea home is ensconced in the St. Pete landmark, the Chattaway, with its massive outdoor patio and eclectic décor, like claw foot bathtubs, painted and made use of as planters.

The London, England native is training granddaughter Leah Foe to host teas.

She provides a tiered plate stand filled with treats like cucumber sandwiches, lobster salad sandwiches, cranberry scones and crumpets.

Crumpets come round, warm and with butter, and Frers confidently tops hers with clotted product and lemon curd.

“Nobody’s seeing you. Some persons put every thing on it and it is standing up right here,” mentioned Frers, holding her hand a couple feet in excess of the small crumpet.

Almost as critical as the crumpet, clotted cream and lemon curd is the china on which it all sits.

Frers’ daughter Amanda Kitto is overseeing china as we snack, switching out a significant china cupboard for the holidays.

They have sets for each individual getaway, from St. Patrick’s Working day to New Year’s Day.

Last question for Frers: Do you keep your pinky out to glance fancier when sipping tea?

Umm, no.

“Let’s speak about the Queen. I suggest she’s hardly ever been viewed like this,” reported Frers, waving her pinky finger about.

Frers is a good activity. So as the Queen does, so do we when learning the ins and outs of tea.

And we see 3 generations, sure jointly by a minimal leaf and a significant tradition.